Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship

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The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a distinguished transatlantic initiative that each year offers twenty accomplished young Americans the opportunity to complete a comprehensive 9-to-12 month professional development program in Germany.

Bosch Fellows participate in an intensive German language training program (as needed), complete two customized work phases at leading German institutions in the public and private sectors, and meet with leaders across Germany and Europe while traveling on three professional seminar programs. 

Fellows are recruited from business administration, journalism, law, public policy and closely related fields. No German language skills are required at the time of application, however, a strong willingness and commitment to learn the language are essential.

The program is fully funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, one of the largest foundations in Germany, with the goal of fostering a community of American leaders who have firsthand experience in the political, economic and cultural environment of Germany and the European Union.

Program Highlights:

  • One or two practical phases (stages) at leading institutions in Germany
  • Seminar series covering issues of German, European and transatlantic concern
  • Private German language instruction before departure; intensive language training in Berlin
  • Monthly stipend within the range of EUR 3,200 to 3,700 starting in October; monthly summer stipend of EUR 1.500 + free accommodations during July, August, and September; the exact amount of stipend dependent upon the number of accompanying dependent family members
  • Accommodation and travel for the orientation program
  • Stipend for travel to and from Germany
  • Lifelong membership in the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association

Applicants are expected to have a genuine interest in German and European affairs, have clear goals for the professional assignment(s) of the program, and demonstrate a commitment to the transatlantic relationship that extends beyond their own professional interests.

In particular, the following qualifications are required of all applicants:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Age 40 or younger at the time of application
  • Minimum five years of full-time work experience in target field (excluding internships)
  • Professional experience and Fellowship target field should be in the areas of: public policy and administration, foreign and security policy, urban and regional planning, business, journalism and communications, law, or cultural and arts management
  • Evidence of outstanding professional performance and academic achievement
  • Graduate degree preferred
  • Active participation in community and/or public affairs
  • Willingness and commitment to learn German; high proficiency would be an asset
Student Type
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
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